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Chinese New Year is celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese Calendar. Also called as ‘Spring Festival’, it is being celebrated for 15 days and usually falls at the second new moon after the winter solstice.
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• The celebration of Chinese New Year began as early as 14th Century BCE, the reign of Shang Dynasty.
• Per legends, Chinese New Year started with a mythical monster called Nian who ate the villagers’ children. The villagers discovered that Nian was afraid of color red and explosive noises. Hence, people used firecrackers, would hang red lanterns, wear red clothes, and would post red scrolls on their doors and windows when New Year’s was nearing. Nian was frightened and eventually captured by a monk.
• The day of the celebration depends on the ancient Chinese calendar which gives importance to lunar phases, solstices, and equinoxes.
• The calendar revolves around the cycle of twelve signs known as Chinese Zodiac Animals. Each new year manifests the attributes of one of the 12 zodiacs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
• In 1912, the Chinese adopted the Gregorian Calendar which celebrates New Year at the eve of December 31 to welcome January 1 as the first day of the year. However, China continues to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year.
• The celebration lasts for fifteen days until the full moon. It also called the Spring Festival for it usually falls during the first day of Spring.
• The holiday was a time to honor ancestors and deities.
• The celebration revolves around traditional Chinese practices such as cleaning of one’s house to honor the deities, posting of scrolls with lucky messages on windows and doors to get rid of bad spirits, and feasting.
• On the eve of the celebration, each family would have dinner together around a family table. The meal usually comprises of long noodles for long life and fish for abundance. On the last day of the New Year, families eat round dumplings in a form of a moon which symbolizes tight family unit.
• Dragon dance was also a traditional Chinese practice for they believe that they descended from dragons.
• Chinese New Year is being celebrated in countries which have large Chinese populations, including Mainland China and Special Administrative Regions such as Hong Kong and Macau. It is also being celebrated outside China such as in Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
• People greet each other with the phrase “Gong Xi Fa Chai” meaning ‘Happiness and Prosperity’.
Chinese New Year Worksheets
This bundle includes 30 ready-to-use Chinese New Year worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Chinese New Year which is celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese Calendar. Also called as ‘Spring Festival’, it is being celebrated for 15 days and usually falls at the second new moon after the winter solstice.
Worksheet Collection 1:
- Chinese New Year Facts
- Chinese Legends
- Imagine Dragons
- Chinese Zodiac
- Symbols and Meanings
- Chinese Traditions
- Around Asia
- 15 Days of New Year
- Lantern Design
- My New Year’s Resolution
Worksheet Collection 2:
- Chinese New Year Facts
- Chinese New Year Word Search
- Modified True or False
- Chinese Zodiac
- My Zodiac Animal
- Chinese New Year Food
- 15 Days Celebration
- Chinese New Year All Over the World
- How We Celebrate Chinese New Year
- New Year’s Resolutions
- My Chinese New Year Story
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